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By: Ilze Kubirske – Senior writer

Exco SAESI 2014The Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Annual General Meeting took place on 24 and 25 July at the Indawo Game Lodge, Ermelo.

The master of the ceremonies, Dino Padayachee welcomed all Council members and guests at the AGM followed by a ceremony in paying tribute to fallen firefighters who passed away during the past year. After this ceremony the institute awarded several members with education awards as presented by the Chairperson of the Education Committee, Juggie Padayachee. During every AGM the institute present 30 and 40 year membership medals to several members.

This year was no exception and we congratulate the 11 members receiving their 30 year medals and JCW Roets on receiving his 40 years medal. Fellow membership was awarded to KP Khutlane from the Free State Branch.


Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 12:09

SAESI exam results

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Exam-ResultsThe recent SAESI examination took place in April 2014. The education committee members marked from 19 to 23 May 2014.

Due to the shortage of markers and moderators, extra, external markers and moderators were invited to assist the team, among them the deputy fire chief officer of Breede Valley Fire Service. Theo Botha was amazed by the amount of time that went into marking as they started from 8 to 6 daily to ensure that all papers were marked, moderated, and the data captured.

The number of students that had enrolled to write was 977, but unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control we had marked 852 answer books. The students that have written these examinations must be congratulated for their attempt and I am sure that through burning the midnight oil, they have succeeded. To those that were unsuccessful, I believe that failure is a stepping stone to success. So try again.

The following pass rate was achieved:

  • Fire technology 48%
  • Fire safety 18%
  • Fire engineering science 30%
  • Management 42%

These results are of concern to us, and it was clear that some students did not study at all. It is my humble request to take note of the email addresses below and seek the assistance from the persons in charge of subjects.

We would like to address a few problems that were encountered by the markers and invigilators namely:

  1. Students fail to fill in their examination number on every page of the answer book.
  2. Students fail to answer the questions as per numbering on the answer book.
  3. You can attempt any question you prefer but the answer must be in the correct numbering eg. if you answer question 6 first, write the answer in the answer book that is marked 6 and not 1.
  4. Read the rules on the answer book – very important.
  5. Write neat and tidy. Sloppiness and poor writing is no excuse. 
  6. A few examination irregularities have been reported. This will be dealt with in line with the rules and regulations of the examination.
  7. Students arrive late at exam centres. 
  8. Students must arrive with their confirmation letters with their original IDs. No drivers’ licences will be accepted.
  9. Once you have confirmed your centre, you must go to that centre, unless, due to acceptable reasons, special permission has been granted in advance by the chairperson.
  10. Students arrive with no pens, calculators, or other stationery. No borrowing will be allowed as this distracts students while writing.

The following emails listed below are for your assistance. No telephone calls will be entertained

  • Fire engineering science: D. Wilds This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • M. Ballim This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire safety P.Maharaj Prathied This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • P.Rudolph This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire management B.Senekal This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • P.Motolla This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire technology L.Reddy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • M.Abrahams This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Behind the Scenes

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saesi 55 yearsSAESI will be celebrating 55 years of existence in 2014….. Or will we be celebrating?

One of the new staff members aptly commented that walking into head office was like walking into a museum.

There is nothing bad in remembering where we come from; in fact there is a barrage of sayings honouring our past in order to be better at our future.

However the contrary is also true when we refuse to change, to adapt or to open ourselves up to something beyond our knowledge, experience and comfort zone. As the saying goes ….. better the devil you know than the one you don’t! The only problem with this philosophy is that you inadvertently miss out on possibilities to cross paths with angels.

In all earnest though is 55 years of existence just a number? Does the fact that SAESI will be having its 30th Conference in 2015 even remotely amazing? I think so. 

In the dark of night when families are already asleep, or over weekends when picnics are enjoyed, while grandchildren tuck on the sleeve to come play with them, Office Bearers of the Institute voluntarily offer their time and energy to SAESI tasks.

Whether it is to prepare a report or to answer a request, to sign a certificate or simply reply to an email. It is for the love of the Institute and what it represents that we can say we are here for 55 years. And please note I do not say we have been here for 55 years, no we are proud to be here for 55 years. We are proud to work at presenting a 30th conference to showcase who we are and what we have achieved.

Very soon the institute will be having its Annual Council Meeting in July where the council will be presented with the Reports of the Presidency, Chairpersons of Standing Committees and Branches on what was done for the Institute with the Institute funds. This is an opportunity where we can consider whether we are on track or whether a different direction is required.

This is also the opportunity to cast electoral votes and swear in a new generation of Office Bearers that will help ensure the next 55 years of existence.


Workshop for secretaries and treasurers

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SAESI recently held a workshop exclusively for the secretaries and treasurers of the institute in Benoni, Gauteng.

All secretaries and treasurers from the 14 branches of the Southern African Emergency Services Institute were invited to attend. The unique organisational geography of the institute not only creates its own challenges for organising and attending such events, but has a definite influence on the successful dissemination of information.

Much like a spiders web, each branch is a connected string equally important as the next in holding everything together and working properly. Over time however some strings got broken and detached, severing the web and in effect rendering it useless. Much needed repair was necessary.

Representation was very good and only two of the South African branches was unable to attend.

In order to address the inconsistencies, the misperceptions, and incorrect information out there, all branches were presented with a SAESI Operations Manual which will be a working document that the branch representatives can refer to and update as necessary.

This will also bring the information closer to the member on the ground and assist the institute in its transparency. The most important aspect is not the content of this manual, but that it is a single “voice” with which the institute can speak in its field of operations. Members are therefore urged to visit or make their branch secretary or treasurer their preferred centre for obtaining institute information.

Participation was very good and we are certain that with the continued selfless support and participation by these “stars of the Institute” we will not only survive another 50 years, but will surpass all expectations and become an institute of Eexcellence. To echo the words of the president Sam Masibi, we must never forget that the chairpersons, secretaries, treasurers, and councillors are all volunteers with no financial incentive for the work they do for the institute.

A volunteer is a person who gives his love…… for whatever it may be, willingly, a true sign of character.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 06:20

SAESI Vaal Triangle Branch Fund Raising

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vaalThe SAESI Vaal Triangle branch will be hosting a national tournament for all SAESI members.

Date: 26 - 28 July 2014
Time: 09h00
Venue: Vaal Branch

For more information contact the following persons:

  • Elliot Mbatha: 072 8969 705
  • Andile Nalisile: 083 8180 559
  • Issa Mamatela:078 3005 001
  • Elvis Motloung: 082 9666 948
  • Jerrmina Sefatsa:072 758 3335

Registration fee for all sports code is R500

Registration fee to be deposited into the following account number:

SAESI Vaal Branch
Bank Name: ABSA
Account Number: 9144608597
Branch Name: Vanderbijlpark

Proof of payment to be sent to Elliot Mbatha, fax number 086 000 0000 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:03

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